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Non-Swimming Children: Keep ’Em Close or Lose Pool Privileges

With the summer right around the corner Westchase’s pools will become busier.

While our lifeguards have the responsibility for securing the pools in order to provide a safe environment for all, one of the major changes we are implementing pertains to parents. Due to the increase of non-swimming children being left on their own in the pools, we are implementing a new safety rule.

If we have to save your non-swimming child continually, you will be asked to leave the pool, an incident report will be filed, and you will stand to lose your use of the facilities for a predetermined amount of time.

If your child cannot swim, you must be within an arm’s length of your child at all times when using the pool.

I have seen a complete lack of responsibility from parents who are sitting 50 feet away and chatting on their phones with no concept of where their child is. These parents are putting their children's lives in jeopardy by not providing the basics of child supervision.

The Westchase pools are not a drop-off child care facility. We expect the parents to do the parenting. 

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

In the game of tennis, players cannot win without a forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Yet for some reason tennis players regularly try to win matches without hitting proper strokes.

Strategy is a plan for winning and  stroke production is the tool used to carry out that plan. Before players even start to swing a racquet, it is extremely important that they know the movements related to efficient strokes. On Westchase’s tennis courts we have our students learning to combine body movement with racquet movement. We teach players a system of balance and a simple method by which they can use checkpoints to maneuver their bodies. The system of balance is the starting point for stroke production. Players freeze after the follow-through, which allows them to slow down the swing and evaluate their stroke.

The other part of stroke production is off-court preparation. I always recommend that my students shadow-swing at least two times every day. As important as quality training is, so is quantity.

The combination of on- and off-court training gives our players the tools they need to carry out their plans when we compete. Just like a handyman we have to know what tools we have and how to use them.

I tell my players that tennis is first a match against themselves. Get your stroke production in line, and the wins will follow.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase to Hire Two Assistant Swim Coaches

As the weather warms we are seeing an increase in our pool usage.

Even in the coldest days our pools remained a toasty 83 degrees. Please come out with the family and enjoy a nice, relaxing day with us at the pool.

The Westchase Swim Team kids are very dedicated to the program and their coach, Alex Richardson. Some of the rainy and colder days they go inside for their fitness program and enjoy several games of dodgeball to keep it fun. The TBAY team continues to grow and develop into a very competitive young group of swimmers. If your child is interested in a team sport that will build remarkable fitness and develop long lasting friendships, then the Westchase swim team is the place to be. We have openings on the swim team for ages 6 through high school.

Due to our swim growth I am excited to announce that we are bringing on two assistant swim coaches. Don't miss out on an opportunity to be part of the legacy that our swimmers are creating. For a swim assessment, visit or call the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool on Countryway Boulevard to set up an appointment with Coach Alex.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swimming News

As the days start to warm-up here in Westchase, many residents will be looking forward to getting back to shorts, flip flops and, of course, swimming.  TBAY Westchase is excited to offer our Learn to Swim Lesson program for residents of all ages to enhance their swimming experiences.  This summer our program has been redesigned into a session-based program.  Each session will run for two weeks and swimmers will participate in eight lessons throughout those two weeks (offered Mon-Thu).  Registration is now available for session one and session two, which start in April! 

If you have any questions regarding the new swim lesson program or our competitive swimming programs or if you are interested in general information, please be sure to visit http://westchasewca.com www.t,baywestchase.org or contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center about available times.  All lessons are private lessons and rates are $75 for residents. 

TBAY Westchase is looking forward to another great summer in the pool! 

By Alex Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming

Richardson, Westchase’s swim coach, can be reached at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

Tennis News

If anyone were to question Tennissmith school’s commitment to education and certification, they should look no further than the success of Raven Klaasen.

Raven marks the latest in more than 30 years of successful stories. Raven has been one of our students for many years. In the Australian Open 2014 he reached the finals in doubles, beating the best teams in the world, including the Bryan brothers.

I still remember the first day he came to our program and subsequently trained with us for many years. I have to give all the credit to Tennissmith school for his success. I am glad that I was part of his development through the many years, day in and day out, under the leadership of Steve Smith.

Steve Smith always keeps a low profile, despite having many successful students winning national and NCAA championships, playing professional tennis in Grand Slams, and having developed many successful tennis coaches. I celebrated this Australian Open as if it were my Grand Slam.

We will continue to develop and bring more players to our game to make a difference.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

Meet the Instructors!

Residents interested in signing up for swim lessons this summer can drop by and meet the instructors!

Saturday, March 8
Noon-3 p.m.
Westchase Swim and Tennis Center Pool
10405 Countryway Blvd.Tampa Fl 33626

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Hardworking Lifeguards and New Tennis Backboard at Westchase’s Facilities

I thank all of Weschase’s lifeguards for doing a great job securing our facilities and enforcing our rules and regulations.

We are fortunate to have an educated and customer friendly group of young adults working for the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and Village Swim and Tennis Club. We have a wide range of high school and university students majoring in pre-law, pre-medicine, business and criminal justice, along with several others working on their master’s degrees.  We sometimes view young people as if they are not informed, but don't let their young faces fool you. They are very mature and responsible when it comes to their jobs as lifeguards.

We want everyone to enjoy their safe visit to the pools. Please make an extra effort to say hello to many of our hardworking staff members serving the Westchase community. Our rules and regulations are available online if you need a refresher.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

Perfect practice makes perfect. If you practice with a purpose, then you are going to get more out of your practice session then simply going to the court and hitting. This is true for serves, forehands or backhands.

If you have a weak shot or serve, designing drills around that weakness constitutes practicing with a purpose. You also want to work on your technique, tactics and tailor your practice to your opponents if you have a match coming up. My advice to players is to come up with a list of things on which you have to work and to keep it in your tennis bag. When you head off to practice, you’ll have something to work on and you’ll get more out of your tennis session.

In the pictures you’ll see Westchase students using chairs, buckets, and portable backboards to help improve their games. I am always reminding my students that tennis is a low body sport. Using this type of equipment, the student is learning to use their lower body to lift the ball while letting the body lead and the racquet follow. Rainy days are great for practice to focus on fundamentals, technique and the little things. I always remind my students that the little things become big things.

Not having a purposeful practice is equal to having empty hours on the tennis court. We’ve added a portable backboard to Westchase’s tennis program. Backboards are your best partners because they’re always there and they will always return the ball. Our new backboard will help students focus on having straight line strokes, swinging high-low-high and developing compact swings. Anyone is welcome to practice on the backboard at any time.

Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

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Westchase’s Pools and Courts: Ready to Help With Your Resolutions

January is the start of New Year’s resolutions, so why not enjoy fitness at the Westchase’s swim and tennis centers?

We have programs that will accommodate just about any schedule. This includes morning or evening adult tennis and swimming opportunities. The Westchase TBAY swim team and Westchase Jr. Tennis programs have a few open slots for ages 5 through high school. We also have several adult group tennis programs that run throughout the week.

All program and payment information is available at http://www.westchasewca.com

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Tennis News

Tennis is a game of footwork. One of the most prestigious tennis coaches in the United States, Vic Braden, used to say that getting into position is equal to racquet skills. I always try to get players to focus on recovering and getting into position for the next shot. In Westchase tennis the students’ best friend is the jump rope. We are trying to achieve boxer’s footwork. Why do boxers have the best footwork? Because they can die if they don't move. Tennis players should learn from boxers.

I will always feel fortunate for having worked with Steve Smith and Vic Braden, two of the most prestigious tennis coaches in America. They have been contributors to the success of many who have made a career and life from our wonderful sport of tennis. They have been able to convey those tennis lesson essentials that make the teaching and learning experience so rewarding for our students. I will always help my students to be knowledgeable.

We need to teach students to play the game of tennis. This involves more than just being able to hit the ball and make it look good. They need to understand the court and be able to take responsibility. Most important, they have to have a sense of enjoyment. We always learn better if we learn with passion.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Village Pool Adjusts Hours for Winter

Even though the temperatures are falling, we are still open for swimming.

The Village pool’s hours, however, will be adjusted for the winter to Monday through Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool on Countryway Boulevard is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Our Westchase swim team utilizes the Countryway Boulevard pool Monday through Friday from 4-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday until 11 a.m. for practices. We therefore ask lap swimmers to please use our West Park Village pool during these times.

Our tennis program has experienced many positive changes under Head Tennis Coach Roberto Calla. Be sure to check out all the new programming and fitness components added to our tennis training.

Both swimming and tennis programs are open for all ages, 5-years-old to adult. Note that all program payments including private tennis lessons are now online. For additional information see our Web site, http://www.westachasewca.com or ca,ll us at 855-0662.   

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swimming News

Tampa Bay Aquatics in Westchase has been working hard in the pool this fall at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.  While most of our practice time is dedicated to in-the-water training, this season our team, especially our Age Group program, has started dryland training.  "Strong out of the water, stronger in the water" is a new team philosophy. You might have noticed our swimmers running the trail around the pond near the fire station. Along with abdominal muscle and core strengthening, swimmers are showing big gains at swim meets. 

To further our dryland training, this year TBAY Westchase decided to participate in the Great West Chase.  Sporting our red TBAY Nation shirts on race day, almost 25 of our teammates, parents and Coach Alex participated in the 5K and fun run. Many swimmers finished in the top five of their age groups.  TBAY was proud to give back to the Westchase community through an outstanding event. 
Go, TBAY Nation!

By Alex Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming

Richardson, Westchase’s swim coach, can be reached at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

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WCA Expands Program Offerings

As we grow the programs, we have come into a new era for Westchase.

Our swim team has hired an assistant coach, Dylwn Jones, and we have hired head pro Roberto Calla to head our tennis staff. If your child has any interest in either program, now is the time to get them started.

For adults we provide several swim and tennis programs from early morning swim to group tennis clinics. Even though the season is changing and the temperature is dropping, both pools will be open for the fall and winter. The West Park Village pool will have limited hours, so please check http://westchasewca for times.

I want to remind the residents that your household is allowed to bring four guests – not each person is allowed to bring four guests. Non-residents are not allowed to be left at the pool. You must stay with your guest during the time period your guests are visiting. Children must be 15-years-old for independent use of the pool and you must be 18 or over to have guests. Adolescents are not allowed to bring unsupervised children to the pool. All of our rules are posted online for your review.

If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at (813) 855-0662.

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Tennis News

I am happy to be a part of the Westchase tennis program. I am going to start off by defining the beautiful game of tennis. Tennis is defined as running and hitting targets with a score.

Running represents the physical, hitting the technical, tactical the strategic, and scoring the psychological and mental emotional aspects of the game. While each of these areas represents an all important aspect of the game, the technical is by far the most important. It is, however, often neglected and misunderstood. In my opinion, strategy is often overrated while stroke production is underrated. The fact is, in order for a player to execute a strategy, the player must first know how to execute the strokes used in the strategy. Everyone can run, but very few can produce quality strokes.

In most programs there is no practice on rainy days, but these days are great for slowing down and focusing more on fundamentals, basics and video analysis. In tennis little things turn into big things, so from now on there will be practice on rainy days. Compared to other sports, the use of video analysis in tennis is often neglected. In other sports, video analysis is a part of an everyday routine. This is something I will gradually introduce into our program. Ultimately my goal is to teach the players how to hit the ball and develop strokes that hold up under pressure.

By Roberto Calla, Director of Westchase Tennis Program

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Parental Responsibility Lacking at Pool

After a successful summer we, as a community, are still missing out on a common concept:

“If your child cannot swim, you must stay within arm’s length of your child.”

What do you say to the adult when his or her child goes under water, cannot swim and the parent is on the phone or talking to other parents 20 yards away with no clue that the child is struggling in the water?

The Westchase lifeguards have had to save approximately a dozen children this year because parents are allowing non-swimming children to enter the pool unsupervised. It is not the position or responsibility of the lifeguards to babysit your child. If we have just one non-swimmer in the pool, then the guard uses the majority of her time watching the one child while there are 20 other children in the pool that also need supervision.

It is very frustrating to see this behavior from adults day after day. All it takes is one cup of water for a child to drown. CPR, moreover, is no guarantee that the child will survive or not have permanent brain damage.

I hope, in the coming months, Westchase parents will start taking their parenting responsibilities around the community pools more seriously.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Bids Summer Schedule Farewell

Another summer has now passed by, but not without a lot of fun in the sun.

Our summer camps were busier than ever this year and the new water slide was a big hit for both kids and adults. The staff worked very hard this summer providing a safe environment for everyone. Our pools are crystal clear while maintaining a refreshing water temperature at 82 degrees.

With the return of school-year schedules and programs, our swim team will relocate back to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool off Countryway Boulevard until next summer. Please note that the Village pool is more conducive for lap swimming. It is the better option for residents interested in exercising with very little interruption from programming.

With the return of school, please check out swim and tennis programs on the previous pages. Registration is fast and easy. Most all of our programs are paid online. Simply log on to http://westchasewca and see the login box at the top of the left column. If you need additional information, please contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard at 855-0662.

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

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New Slide Opens at West Park Village Pool

Exciting changes are happening at the West Park Village Swim and Tennis Club.

In recent weeks we’ve opened a new slide there. It will be open with a lifeguard from approximately noon to 6 p.m. every day. You must be able to swim competently to use the slide.

This month I also offer a helpful reminder about some of our other pool rules. If your child cannot swim, please remain within arm’s length of him or her. Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers and toddlers should utilize the smaller pool. We do not allow rafts, sports balls, alcohol or smoking anywhere on pool property.

A Westchase Community Association (WCA) resident is allowed to bring four guests per household to the pool. If you are planning any type of pool party at either facility, you must fill out a reservation form in advance and comply with some other pool party guidelines. At their June meeting, your board of directors approved a motion directing staff to forward the names of homeowners who don’t comply with rules about pool parties. The board will then consider possible termination of pool use privileges for six months for those residents who don’t follow the reservation and pool party requirements. Be sure to call ahead to ensure you’re fully informed about our party guidelines.

For your own health, please remember to wear your sunscreen and reapply every two hours.

Above all have fun and be safe.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

New Summer Swim Lesson Program

Summers are for swimming here in Westchase! TBAY Westchase has been working hard at our new summer location, the West Park Village Pool, as swimmers gear up for their championship meets at the end of July. This summer swimmers will represent the TBAY Nation at various meets in Largo, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, Gainesville, Fort Pierce and St. Petersburg.

Swim lessons will be ongoing until the end of August. All lessons will take place at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. If you are interested in swim lessons, TBAY Junior (formerly Little Flippers) or the competitive TBAY Westchase Program, please contact me, Coach Alex, at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

Good luck to all our swimmers as they compete throughout the summer!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

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Considering Westchase Camps for the Summer?

The end of school lies just around the corner. What are your plans for the kids?

Now is a great time to reserve your camper’s spot with us for the summer. Westchase offers two camps. Our first offers activities and game-based programs. Our other camp option concentrates on developing tennis skills for competitive play.
We are welcoming back our Westchase Activity Camp Director Brittany Larmen and Assistant Director Ryan Larmen. Meanwhile our Tennis Director, Mike Larscheid, will kick off the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s 13th year of tennis camp programming. Due to increased interest in our summer programs, we have hired additional camp staff for 2013.

Camp starts on June 10 and runs through Aug. 17. Camp this year will include the entire week of Independence Day. Please register early to secure your child's spot at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s camps. Please print out your camper forms provided with our online registration at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

New Summer Swim Lesson Program

This month TBAY Westchase is excited to announce our new swim lesson program. The program will run from April through the end of September and is offered for swimmers ages 18-months and older. Even adult lessons will be offered! Packages are set up in sets of six lessons (two hours of instruction) and packages cost $75 for Westchase residents.

All lessons will be geared toward learning to swim – with the eventual goal of getting young swimmers onto the TBAY swim team! Blowing bubbles, kicking, basic freestyle and side breathing will be the focus for young swimmers, while older swimmers will focus on learning more advanced stroke techniques.

If you have any questions, please visit the Westchase Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com where, our new swim lesson information tab is up and running!

We are excited about this new summer program and look forward to continuing to grow the competitive swimming environment in Westchase!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Summer '13 Tennis Options

All the tennis options at Westchase courts this summer may seem confusing, but look at it this way: regardless of your choice, you’re guaranteed to have a ball!

In short, I can help you create a summer tennis schedule that meets your needs.

Tennis Fusion: The Tennis Fusion option represents our school year program (Red Ball, Orange Ball and Yellow Ball) with one change – its hours have been changed to morning. The youngest players, ages 5-8-years, are on the court for one hour (9-10 a.m.). The 8-12-year-old players are on the court from 10-11:30 a.m. and the tournament players are on the court from noon-2:30 p.m. Tennis Fusion is a four-week program. You can sign up for one day per week, two days per week or three days per week (three days is the unlimited package).

Tennis Fusion can also be very flexible. I can help you customize this program based on vacation time. We can even work around other camps – even Westchase’s own activity camp.

Tennis Camp: There are 10 weeks of tennis camp this year with a short week during the Independence Day holiday.

It's going to be a crazy busy summer, so sign up early. All registration is done on http://www.westchasewca.com You c.an either call or e-mail me if you would like to customize your summer.

Facebook: Westchase Tennis is the Facebook page that allows you to follow all of Westchase’s tennis programs for adults and juniors. I will always have new information on the page as well as links to sign up for special events. All you have to do is "like" the Westchase Tennis page. You can also find me on Facebook by searching Michael Larscheid. If you friend me on my page, I will make sure you get messages to remind you of events that are going on.

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Register for Westchase Summer Camps!

Have you registered yet for our popular Westchase Summer Camps?

Summer break will be upon us before you know it. Each year we offer two camps, a camp that is tennis-specific and our daily activity camp. Westchase Tennis Director Mike Larscheid and staff will return for their 12th year of Westchase tennis camp. Tennis camp also includes a lunch-time swim to cool down in the pool.

We welcome back Brittany and Ryan Larmon, who will manage the summer activity camp. Because of the increased interest from last year, we have expanded the activity camp and will be excepting additional children in 2013. It’s therefore important to sign up early!

Some of the parents paid for either the entire summer or several weeks at a time to ensure their spots were reserved. The age range for campers is 6 to 12-years-old. We will offer arts, crafts, swimming, sports and field trips every week. A full day of camp will start at 8 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. with an early drop off available at 7:30 a.m. You also have the choice of half-day camp, which runs from either 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of our camp counselors are lifeguard and CPR-certified.

Additional information about our activity and tennis camps can be found on our Web site: http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

TBAY Westchase was excited to wrap up their spring championship season with the Florida Age Group Championship Meet and the Area 3/5 Championship meet.  Both meets took place at the Sarasota YMCA in March.  After months of hard work, swimmers were excited to rest for their Championship Meet in March. 

Up next, swimmers are looking forward to a great summer long-course season, which will kick off with our first meet in Winter Haven in April.  Long course season is a big challenge for swimmers and the team is looking forward to tackling the great summer season that lies ahead.  Be on the lookout for more information regarding the new swim lesson program; it will be open to Westchase residents and non-residents of all ages! 

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

The Westchase men’s 4.5 tennis team won the USTA Hillsborough County league title last month. The team posted a 7-1 record, beating out three tough squads from Hillsborough Community College and one from New Tampa. The team, comprised of a mix of Westchase residents and players from nearby communities, now advances to the USTA Section Championship, scheduled for July 19-21 in Daytona Beach. The team was led by captains Steven Ehrenpreis and Richard Martin, and included Stephen Katsarelis, Matt Laccabue, Aleks Mucino, Bill Wymer, Kurt Williams, Steve Gionis, Jim Morgan, Jason Horwitz, David Peterson, Patrick Whittlesey, Peter Katsarelis, Steve Crivello and Luis Romero.

Congratulations!

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Pool Rules, Spring Swim Meets and PTR Information

Please read over our rules and regulations listed on http://westchasewca.com at your convenience.

Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers in the pool. We do not allow flotation rafts in the pools because they block the lifeguards’ ability to see non-swimming children that might fall off and get caught under the rafts. Our seasoned lifeguard staff wants to ensure that your family and children are kept safe and injury-free during your visit to the pool.
The Village pool temperature is maintained between 84-86 degrees for recreational swimming, and the Countryway pool is maintained at 82-84 degrees for competitive and fitness swimming. Five lap lanes are open at all times at the Village pool and with some restrictions at the Countryway pool due to swim team practice. Please check available times on the Web site.

Our tennis courts are for resident use only. If you do not pay HOA dues, then you are not considered a Westchase Community Association (WCA) resident. There are many who live within the Westchase area, but are not part of the WCA. If you rent a Westchase home, you are considered part of the WCA but you will need proof that you are living here to gain access. We ask that you bring your rental forms, driver’s license, and a utility bill containing the rental’s address to the Countryway pool for verification of residency.

Additional information about our programs is available on line at http://westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Spring is coming fast and TBAY at Westchase is looking forward to another exciting season in the pool.  Swimmers have been working hard to prepare for their championship meets: Florida Senior Championships, Florida Age Group Championships and the Area 3/5 Championships.  After our championship season concludes, swimmers will continue their hard work as they head into the long course summer season.

If you are interested in trying out the TBAY Westchase Swim Team or the Little Flippers Swim Group, feel free to call or come by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for a free evaluation. 

TBAY Westchase is excited about the upcoming championship season.  Good luck to all swimmers representing the TBAY Nation this March!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

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Lifeguard Kudos, Spring Swim Championship Meets and Valentine’s Mixed Doubles

As our swimmers prep for their spring competitions, the tennis players are heating up the courts with Valentine’s Mixed Doubles tournament.

I would like to begin, however, by commending our lifeguard staff on their work ethic and the ability to go beyond their job duties. We have a great group of young men and women that work at both the Village and Countryway pools as lifeguards. Most of the staff are attending college and working toward their master’s degrees. Several of our guards have been with us for five or more years.
Currently the Village pool is open and heated for the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a reminder, please ensure that your child is wearing swim diapers if they are not potty trained. For the continued safety and well-being of your children, it is important that you keep a full eye on them while they are in the pool.

Please drop by either facility to say hello and enjoy the warmer weather.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Hello, from TBAY Westchase! I am excited to welcome another great year of swimming here in Westchase.

January welcomed back our Little Flippers program on Mondays-Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. Tri-Swim continues from 11 a.m.-noon. Meanwhile our TBAY swimmers are looking forward to the Spring Championship Meets in St. Petersburg (SPA) in January and at Tampa Prep (TBAY Central) in February. Their Spring 2013 Florida Senior Championships and Age Group Championships will take place at the end of February and the beginning of March and the Area 3/5 Championships will conclude the short course season at the end of March.

If you are interested in getting more information about the swim team or if you have any interest in learning to swim, please be sure to contact Coach Alex Richardson (arich122.tbay@gmail.com, swim@wcamanager.com). Swim lessons are available for any age, 18-months and older.

Westchase is looking forward to continuing a tradition of excellence in aquatics and the TBAY Nation is excited about the success that lies ahead in 2013!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

February, the month of love. For some it’s just another month – just a Hallmark holiday. For the rest, it’s a time to celebrate that special someone in your life.

In the beginning: love-love.

There is no other sport that is more romantic than tennis. The long, sweeping backhands. The endurance and strength. The silky approach. The caress of the angled volley and the climax of bringing it home with the overhead.

Score: 6-love.

For the non-tennis fans, that would be 6-0. Which means that in this sport, love means nothing. Or, as J. Geils Band would say, “Love stinks.”

In our “I Like It − I Love It” Tennis Tournament (Mixed Doubles) on Saturday, Feb. 16, we will be featuring a Valentine’s-themed mixed doubles tournament. The first 16 teams that register are in. All levels of play are welcome. Come on out and join us for this fun-filled event with tons of prizes, laughs and songs of love to fill the air during the matches.

Check out the Web site, http://westchasewca.com for t,he details and to sign up.

Ooohhh, tainted love!

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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WCA Names New Swimming Coach

It is my pleasure to welcome to Westchase our swim coach, Alex Richardson.

Alex comes highly recommended by the local TBay swim organization, the Westchase Community Association Board of Directors and me. We move forward into 2013 with high expectations for the future growth of Westchase’s swim programs.

Alex will also provide a much needed service of providing swim lessons for Westchase residents ages 2 through adult.

The West Park Village pool has gone through several changes this year with the installation of geothermal heaters and heat-dissipating devices, allowing residents and their guests to swim in the pool year round. The new system will keep the pool warm in the winter months and cooler in the summer months.

Please note that the pool’s new winter hours will be posted on the Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Swim and Tennis Staff Marks Loss of Beloved Swim Coach

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Westchase Swim Coach Kelley Allen.

He was an amazing mentor to all the children on his swim team. Kelley was also well loved by fellow staff and members of the Westchase community. He will be missed immensely.

Kelley was well into his second decade coaching in the Tampa Bay Area and had a solid list of accomplishments. As well as earning his ASCA Level 4 Certification, Kelley had been a member of the Florida Swimming Zone Team Staff in 2004 and 2006. He was nominated for Florida

Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year several times, and was recognized as the Coach of the Year for 2010. Kelley coached several Jr. Olympic Champs, Jr. Olympic high point winners, state record holding swimmers and recipients of Florida Swimming’s Swimmer of the Year awards.

Kelley was a member of the coaching staff on two Jr. Olympic Championship teams as well. Kelley Allen's swimmers have been consistently named to Florida Swimming All-Star teams and Florida Swimming Zone teams. Kelley even had a former swimmer on the Peruvian Olympic Team in Beijing, swimming the 200 fly in 2008.

God be with you, my friend.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Swimmers Hoping for Mild Winter

As we roll into November and the weather cools, Westchase swimmers are hoping that winter treats them kindly.

There is lots of activity going on at the pool. High school swimming season is over so all of our scholastic swimmers can put their focus back on year-round swimming endeavors. In coming weeks they’ll be attending the upcoming Gator Meet in Gainesville at the University of Florida pool. There they will strive to achieve cuts for Senior Champs and Junior Nationals.

Meanwhile the Age-Group novice swimmers are prepping for their upcoming St Pete meet and The B State Championships in early December. These swimmers are focused on qualifying for the Junior Olympics in March!

Regardless of age or skill level, all Westchase swimmers are looking forward to the holiday season, when we can practice even harder and swim even faster!

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Following the printing of November’s WOW, Westchase learned of the tragic death of Coach Kelley Allen. Coach Allen was widely respected and loved and will be greatly missed.

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Helping Westchase Stay Healthy

Our tennis and aquatics programs provide a great service to the community.

In addition to being fun, they promote fitness, athletic skills and overall health and wellness.  We have seen a steady increased in participation and look forward to continued growth and greater interest in them. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

Residents can now register for Westchase’s tennis and aquatic programs online.  Please register for your password and user name at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

October is very busy time for our swimmers. With record growth on the swim team after the London Olympics, the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center has been very busy. Our high school swimmers are in the peak of their season and getting a lot of exposure in the local media.

Our younger swimmers have been attending local meets all over Tampa Bay. They’re setting new best time standards and winning loads of high point trophies.  Meanwhile our Little Flipper group is still going strong with over 20 swimmers in the water daily.

Our big meet this month is the Halloween Meet in Largo. Good luck swimmers!

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Positive Changes at Swim and Tennis Center

Over the past year we have made many new and positive changes to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

When I started there were areas that I wanted to improve in operations. The facilities needed a face lift and that journey began with the pools and mechanics of the pump rooms. Once I got all of the new standards of operations implemented, we worked on improving the quality of the tennis courts and painting the buildings.

We implemented new standards of customer service and improved staff training and development. As the months ticked away the lifeguards began to assist in the maintenance of the facilities, including the tennis courts. I am very proud of the staff and of what they have accomplished over the last year. Most are our own aspiring Westchase residents.

We have accomplished a lot in little time. Our professionals that manage our camp, tennis and aquatic programs have far surpassed expectations and their programs continue to grow and provide quality programming for all residents. My congratulations to them for a job well done!

Teamwork is key to success at Westchase. We have experienced a genesis, a new beginning, a renewed outlook. That is what I see as I stand back and look at all that has been accomplished. I’m equally excited about what we will accomplish in the near future.

Please check out http://www.westchasewca.com for new programs and events.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

When I started coaching at Westchase, most of the swimmers were 12-years-old or younger. It's hard for me to believe that many of these athletes are now attending high school. One is even in his senior year.

The Westchase swimmers are spread out all over the Tampa area. We have students at Alonso, Sickles, Gaither, Robinson, Jesuit, Tampa Catholic, Land O' Lakes and Mitchell. With high school swimming season well under way, I would like to wish all these swimmers the best of luck this fall.

Westchase’s younger swimmers are now focused on the Short Course Yards Season, which runs from September until late February. Little Flippers will run through September as well; whether we decide to run the program through October will depend upon the number of swimmers.

September has us at meets in Countryside and St. Petersburg facing some stiff area competition.

With a full slate of meets and lots of time for hard work and improvement, the entire team is geared up for a great autumn of swimming.

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Summer Camps Wrap Up in Preparation for Fall Programs

We had a great summer camp program this year.

Brittany and Ryan Larmon managed the activity camp and our summer tennis program was managed by Mike Larscheid.

We’ve received many resident compliments on the pools as we continue to improve the water chemistry and general upkeep of the facilities. 

To educate the staff on lifeguard duties to better serve the community we hold in-house training for CRP/AED and surveillance of the pool. I would like to congratulate our lifeguards as they made several saves this summer. I would also like to thank our parents for being more aware that they too have an obligation to watch their child while swimming. If your child cannot swim, please sign up for swim classes to help him or her learn. Until they are proficient swimmers, please stay with your children while they are in the pool.

All the rules and regulations for the swim and tennis facility are online at http://westchasewca.com for your review. We now require that a child must be 15-years-old or older to use the swim facility independent of his or her parents. Any child under 15 must be accompanied by a resident who is at least 18-years-old. In addition, only residents 15-years-old and older may bring guests to the facilities.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

I wasn't sure I could survive until August! But I made it!

Eight hours on the pool deck every day during the summer swim season is brutal. The feels-like temperature on the deck at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center is easily 120 degrees by midday! Throw in a swim meet almost every weekend from May to July and a stretch of four weeks without a day off and you can see how I wasn't too sure I could make it to Aug. 1!

Now things can slow down a bit. The kids are still observing the summer swim schedule for a few more weeks, but there are no swim meets at all in August. This is a relief, so now our goal is to get the older swimmers ready for their high school season and to focus the younger kids again on swimming fundamentals.

Our swimmers are also looking forward to a nice team trip to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon on Aug. 5 to help kick off the month as well.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the start of the school year and the long fall and winter swim season.

By Kelley Allen

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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July Swim Events Feature Champion Competitions

July is championship month for Florida swimmers.

With The FLAGS Meet, Senior Champs and Area 3/5 Champs, July is a very important month for Westchase swimmers. We send several swimmers to the FLAGS Meet every July. FLAGS stands for Florida Age Group Championships (formerly known as Junior Olympics). This is the summer state championships for swimmers 14-and-younger. Qualifying times are very challenging and the meet is usually one of the fastest age-group meets in the country. This July, FLAGS will be held at the University of Florida pool in Gainesville.

The Westchase swim team was made up of very young swimmers when I started several years ago. As these kids get older, we have more and more of them qualifying for Senior Champs, the state meet for swimmers 15-years-and-older. This is a very fast meet. In the past, it has even had Olympians like Ryan Lochte and Brooke Bennett in attendance. Senior Champs will be held in Sarasota at the Selby YMCA this month. 

Swimmers who did not qualify for these two meets still have the Area 3/5 Championships. This meet is very competitive too. We usually have big group attending and this year’s competition will be held in St. Petersburg.

Whew!  I will probably look pretty tired come August!

Good luck to all Westchase swimmers attending these championship meets! 

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Summer Swimming Takes an Educational Turn

When school gets out things really get hot in Westchase!

The Westchase swimmers find that they are still being schooled in the summer time. With more time to practice, I try to do more educational things for our swimmers. I strive to teach them more about technique and training. This should all lead to better performance at our summer swim meets.

Little Flippers is going strong too. The Little Flippers program is like kindergarten and first grade for the swim team and is almost all instructional. If you have a young swimmer who knows the basic strokes and wants to explore joining the swim team, Little Flippers is a great place to start.

With a few 50-meter, long-course meets under our belts already, I have good gauge of where our local swimmers are now and what we need to focus on going into the heart of the summer swim season. We have had some good outings in Largo and Winter Haven. Forty-six Westchase swimmers attended the last two meets and helped Tampa Bay Aquatics to victory in the team points titles. Several of our swimmers won individual high point awards at these meets as well.

Our next meets are in St. Petersburg, Largo and Lakeland.

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Sign Up Early for Westchase Summer Camps

Westchase’s favorite summer camps run from June through August.

Both camps, held at your Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, begin on Monday, June 11, and continue through Friday, Aug. 17. Our programs include swimming and fun activities all summer long. Our experienced counselors, Brittany and Ryan Larmon, are back again to supervise the camp program. Full day and half day camps are available.

We also have a specialized summer tennis program for kids. Please sign-up with Coach Mike Larscheid at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.     

The Village pool and Countryway Boulevard pool are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Please be aware of our swim diaper rules and plan accordingly before your visit. Ask your child every 30 minutes if they need a bathroom break so that we don't have to close the pool due to an accident. We all want to enjoy a clean swimming environment. All the pool rules, regulations and facility rental forms are available on the association’s Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com
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The Countryway Boulevard pool has swim team practice starting June 11. It runs  Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. in the evening. Saturday swim practice is held 7 a.m.-noon. Summer camp times are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will also affect some of the pool availability during swim times. During these times please visit the Village pool. We will always have lap lanes open there throughout the entire day and lots of open swim time for the residents.

Before you plan your pool parties this year, make sure that you have reserved space on the pool deck. All pool deck parties must be pre-approved several days before the event date. See rules and regulations on deck reservations.

Our guest policy allows a Westchase resident to bring up to four guests per household. Non-residents are not allowed to visit the pools without the resident. We will be diligent on checking IDs and ensuring that our pools’ rules are enforced to allow a safe and fun summer for all Westchase residents and their guests. 

Floats are not allowed in the pool as they obstruct the guards’ vision of the pool. Children often hide under them and non-swimmers who use them can float into areas with pool depths above their heads.  Sports balls are also not allowed in the pool. They become projectiles and cause injury to bystanders.

Please wear your sunscreen and take frequent breaks throughout your time at the pool to rehydrate. Above all have a great summer!

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

May is time to get your Little Flippers going. In the past Little Flippers ran from May to October. This year I offered it year round. The numbers really fell off over the winter, however, and now I am down to two Little Flippers.

If you have ever been to the pool at swim practice time, you will notice there are a lot of kids on the swim team. Most of the groups are close to being full and I really enjoy the challenge of coaching a big group of swimmers all at once. So I am hoping the Little Flippers group will fill up as we head into the summer. I’d like it to be as fun and challenging as my other swim team groups.

Little Flippers is a program to help prepare existing swimmers who need stroke refinement to join the swim teams. You must remember, however, that Little Flippers participants must be able to swim. To be in this group a swimmer must be at least 6-years-old. They must be able to swim 25 yards (a length of the pool) of freestyle with proper arm and leg coordination and rhythmic breathing; 25 yards of backstroke with proper arm and leg coordination and balance; and 25 yards of breaststroke with proper kicking technique. They must also show some basic butterfly skills.

All new swimmers will need to be evaluated at the Swim and Tennis Center to make sure they are ready. If your swimmer has done Little Flippers before, just come by the center to sign them back up! 

The rest of the swim team has been working very hard tuning up their strokes and building up their endurance as we head into the grueling summer 50-meter long course season. Our first meet will be the Rowdy Cup Meet in Winter Haven.

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Westchase Swimmers Shine During Championships

Local Westchase kids are making a big splash in the state’s most competitive pools.

In terms of weather, this past winter was one of the best in recent years. When you swim outdoors year round like our Westchase swim team does, you can really remember the cold ones! Our recent warmer weather helped keep the swimmers in the water for some great practices and it showed.We sent a squad of four swimmers to Senior Champs in Orlando last month to compete with the likes of Olympians Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkay. Our kids swam very well at this state championship meet for swimmers 14 and older. They hit lifetime best times in all most every swim.

Westchase's Austin Sellers was our top finisher, scoring sixth place in the very competitive 14-16 200-yard Breaststroke. Kyle Kimura qualified for finals in every event in which he swam, including an eighth place finish in the 14-16 Men’s 100 Freestyle. Kyle also won the 400 Freestyle Consolation Finals.

Jocelyn Williams and Ben Parker had very strong meets as well! 

Next up was our 14-and-younger swimmers’ chance to shine at the Florida Swimming Age Group Championships. The Westchase swim team had 11 kids qualify for this very fast meet! They were Kendal Allen, Taylor Anderson, Zachary Bennett, Ava and Paige Carter,  Kayli Diaz, Ryaan Hatoum, Kory Kimura, Casey Knowles, Jabari Ramsey and Lauren Sellers.  We also had Richi Bui and Zuri Ramsey invited to swim on relays too!

Our young Westchase swimmers swam amazingly well at one of the fastest and most competitive age group championship meets in the U.S. Ava Carter won first place in the 10U Girls 50-yard Breaststroke and the 11-12 Boys saw Jabari "The Ferrari" Ramsey winning three state titles for the 50- and 100-yard Breastroke and the 11-12 Boys 100-yard IM.

All of our swimmers rocked at this meet and I was extremely proud of how they represented Westchase at the state level.

Our next meets will be the Area 3/5 Championships in Sarasota and the Rowdy Cup in Winter Haven, our first 50-meter long course meet!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Online Registration for Swim and Tennis Center Programs Available

February usually brings warmer temperatures back to Florida.

Why not join us for a swim and a game of tennis at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center? Our hours of operation for swimming are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The tennis courts and office are open at 8 a.m. each day for reservations or additional program information. We are starting a volleyball competition for each subdivision of Westchase to encourage friendly team play with Westchase residents and their guests. Please contact the Swim and Tennis Center to sign up.

You can also register for all programs at the swim and tennis centers from the comfort of your home. For registration and additional information about programs available at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, please see our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Swim News

February means the onset of the championship swim season. Our 15-and-older swimmers are gearing up for Senior Championships in Orlando near the end of the month. The 14-and-younger swimmers are focused on the FLAG Meet in Sarasota (formerly known as Junior Olympics).

These meets are very fast and represent the state championships for their respective age groups. Our swimmers who have not achieved any qualifying times are looking forward to the Area 3/5 meet in March, which is also held in Sarasota.

We have been blessed with a pretty mild winter so far, compared to the last two winters. Many of our meets and all of our practices are outside, so the Westchase swimmers are pretty tough. They, however, like the mild weather as well.

In January we attended one indoor meet and one outdoor meet. The indoor meet was at Clearwater's Long Center Pool, where we had a huge Westchase group competing with 610 swimmers from around the country. The outdoor meet took place in St. Pete and was the last chance for our Westchase swimmers to achieve their championship cuts.

We are looking forward to March and our big meets!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Warm Pool Water and Great Tennis Tournaments

Winter’s cooler temperatures don’t shut down the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Please join us for a new year of fitness and health. Contact Mike for our tennis programs and adult tournaments. For our swim programs please contact Kelley Allen. Our pool temperature is maintained at a toasty 82 degrees.

The Early Bird Swim is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-7 a.m. The TriGals swim on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Here we go full-bore into a New Year.

The Westchase swimmers should be proud of everything they have accomplished the past year. Our membership has increased, our kids are swimming well and people have been taking notice!

The Westchase crew finished off 2011 by attending the Gator Meet in Gainesville and the B Championships in St Petersburg. The Gator meet was big and fast, with more than1,200 swimmers in the competition. It was a feat to make it through the preliminary heats and qualify for the evening finals. We had Kyle Kimura in the 15-16 Boys division making finals in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Paige Carter qualified in the 13-14 Girls and ended up swimming a super race later that evening, taking ninth place and winning the Consolation Finals.

Jabari Ramsey won the 50 and 100 breaststroke in the 11-12 Boys finals. He also took second in the 100 IM and fourth in the 200 IM. Ava Carter took two second place medals in the 10U Girls 50 and 100 yard breaststroke races.

The next weekend we were again in St. Petersburg at the B Champs, the state meet for Non-Junior Olympic level swimmers. We had several first place finishers, including Austin and Lauren Sellers, Richie Bui, Carolina Ricciardi, Maddie Strassen, Christopher Quach and Ben Parker.

It was a great end to swimming in 2011 and we hope for a great 2012!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

On Saturday, Dec. 10, we had our inaugural Holiday Mixed Doubles Compass Tournament. We started the first round at 10 a.m. and we finished the last match at 3:30 p.m. All teams played three matches for placement in the draw, which set up eight finals. Each point of the compass had teams playing for the big prizes. Everyone was in a final based on his or her record for the day. We had very competitive matches with many finals ending in tie-breakers.

Nell and Alex won it all, finishing the tournament with a 4-0 record by defeating a team of Dana and Quinn in the finals.

We had a full draw of 16 teams (32 players) in the tournament. There was great competition and prizes for the division champions. We offer our thanks to the sponsors of the tournament: Applebee’s, Burger 21, Catch 23, Essentials Spa, Five Guys, Peggy O’Neills (Palm Harbor), Red Bamboo Medical Spa, San’s Pizzeria, Serenity Spa, Stone Chase, Surf Shack, West Park Deli and World Of Beer

Tennis Tournament Winners

Nell/Alex, East Champion
Dana/Quinn, East Finalist
Nadina/Russ, SE Champion
Kim/Chuck, SE Finalist
Anne/Jeff, N Champion 
Quynh/VanMan, N Finalist
Dyan/Mike, NE Champion
Alex/Philippe, NE Finalist
Kathy/Lee, W Champion
Steph/Mark, W Finalist
Sandra/Andrew, NW Champion
Sarah/Dan, NW Finalist
Printha/Meir, S Champion
Tonya/Mike, S Finalist
Melanie/James, SW Champion
Annica/Drew, SW Finalist

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Soccer Announces Spring Registration

Registration for Westchase Soccer Association’s spring 2012 season is just around the corner.

Please visit http://www.westchasesoccer.org for information regarding program offerings, registration and volunteer opportunities.

We anticipate fielding Under 5, Under 6, Under 7, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 age groups, provided that there are enough volunteer coaches. The registration fee for these age groups is $90.

A MiniWee program will be offered to children 3½-4 ½-years-old as an introduction to soccer. Children must be 3½ by July 31, 2011 in order to be eligible to participate in the spring MiniWee program. The registration fee for the MiniWee program is $70.

Eligibility for participation is not based on the child’s current age. Participants must meet eligibility requirements based on the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s age division cut-off date of July 31, 2011. This age grouping is effective for one academic year. Please refer to the age division chart on WSA’s Web site before coming to registration. An original, legible copy of the child’s legal birth certificate must be provided at the time of registration for all new participants. It is strongly recommended that parents read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on WSA’s Web site prior to registration.

By Margot A. Pinheiro, WSA President

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Little Flippers Now a Year-Round Swim Instructional Program

This month Westchase expands its swimming instructional opportunities for young residents.

The Westchase Swim and Tennis Center is now offering a year-round Little Flippers swim program for swimmers ages 6-9. Please contact the swim and tennis center to make an appointment for a preliminary swim test with Kelley Allen, our Director of Competitive Swimming.

The center’s pool, located off Countryway Boulevard, is heated seven days a week to 82 degrees. We invite you to join us for lap swimming for fitness.

Our tennis program is offering a winter camp for the kids and adult tennis socials. If you would like to be added to our invite list for tennis events and socials, contact Coach Mike Larscheid at mike@wcamanager.com  Programs and updates are available on the Westchase Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

December is an important month for Westchase’s swimmers. With a long break from school near the end of the month, we have an opportunity to step up our practices a notch! The older swimmers get to do doubles, a term that simply means they will be swimming two practices a day. This is a chance to really make some big strides in their swimming before we head into the championship season. 

Now that Little Flippers has become a year-round, this is also the first December we have held the program. This group is entirely instructional in nature, so we are hoping for a mild winter this year so we can see its participation levels grow.

The Westchase swimmers have been tearing up the local swim meets. We have recently attended competitions in Largo, South Tampa, St. Petersburgh and Clearwater. Our swimmers shone at these meets and brought home plenty of awards and new personal best times. Currently Westchase swimmers are gearing up for the Gator Classic at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Florida Swimming B Champs, held later this month in St Pete.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season as well as a great swim season!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

If you haven’t already, it’s time to register on http://www.westchasewca.com All y.ou need to do is log on and register. There is no cost for doing so.  By registering for an account you will be able to sign up for our player search option. This option allows you to find other tennis players for pick-up matches.

All of our swim and tennis programs now have online registration. If you are already in the program, you will save by registering online. All of the players that are currently in the Junior and Adult Tennis programs are considered preferred players. By signing up for programs online you will get a savings on all programs. If you are a preferred player and take a session off, you will still remain on the list. If you take off for more than one session, you will have to re-enter the programs at their original costs and then be added back to the preferred player list.

The Adult Tennis Buffet has two new options. There are two morning clinics, three evening clinics and one weekend clinic per week from which to choose (more information about the clinics can be found at westchasewca.com). Players can drop in for any clinic or they can buy a package of “anytime clinics.” If you purchase a package of “anytime clinics,” you must use them in the current session. They do not roll over.

Get registered! Come on out to the courts for the health of it!

By Mike Larscheid, Westchase Tennis Pro

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Village Pool Closes for Season

From the Operations Manager

With the cooler months, one of Westchase’s pools will close until May.

I want to thank all the residents that visited the Village pool this year as we have closed it for the season. We enjoyed maintaining high standards of customer service, resort-style conditions and improved water chemistry for 2011.

We will continue to provide swimming services at the Countryway Boulevard pool year round, as the temperature will be maintained at a toasty 84 degrees during the colder months.

Please check our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com for a,dditional programs such as the TriGals, Masters, competitive swimming, and swim lessons. Tennis lessons and group classes are also available. Please visit the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center or browse online for lessons and events taught by our tennis professionals.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

The Westchase swimmers have been so busy this fall! Ten of our athletes are swimming for various area high schools. They are in the height of their championship season, battling through conference meets to qualify for districts. If they qualify for districts, then they must race their best to qualify for regions. And only if they do well enough at regions, can they move on to the very competitive Florida High School Swimming State Championships!

Once again I wish our high school swimmers good luck.

Not to be outdone, our younger swimmers have also been quite busy. Thirty Westchase swimmers braved some of the worst October weather in years over Oct. 8-9 to race in the city of Tampa’s Nike Swim Meet. Despite being the only Tampa Bay Aquatics branch there, the Westchase kids were able to pull off a second place team finish by themselves. This just shows what a strong group of young swimmers we have! In October we also attended the city of Largo's Annual Halloween Meet.

In November we will venture across the bay for a Clearwater meet as well as for Saturday Morning at the Races in St. Pete.

These events will give our swimmers plenty of chances to make their qualifying times for December’s Gator Classic Swim Meet, our big mid-season swim meet in Gainesville at the University of Florida pool. With all their hard work, I am sure on Thanksgiving Day the swim team kids will be doing some major feasting!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Unveils Online Registration and New Tennis Program

New opportunities abound at the center, making Westchase’ programs – and registering for them – even easier and more enjoyable.

The Westchase Pool and Tennis has been busy over the past several months with our tennis and swimming programs. This month we have a new 10-and-under tennis program being rolled out. See page 44 for an article about the new program and also consult the information provided on the tennis section of http://www.westchasewca.com

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If you are a bit older than 10 and interested in playing tennis, our adult tennis pro is ready to get you started or provide private lessons to improve your game.

For our adult swimmers we have hired a new Master's Swim Coach and swim instructor for those who want to swim during our early hours of 5-7 a.m.

If your child or you are interested in learning how to swim, your swim and tennis center also provides lessons year round.

For more advanced youth, our competitive swim program is always looking for new talent.

If your child wants to try out for the swim team, please contact the Swim and Tennis Center, or take a look on our web site, http://www.westchasewca.com for m,ore information on all of Westchase’s programs.

Last, this month we roll out an additional feature on the association’s Web site. Residents interested in signing up for programs at the Westchase swim and tennis centers can now register and pay for the programs online. Now you have no excuses! Having your family join the fun while getting fit and active has never been easier!

Check out the Web site today at http://www.westchasewca.com

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

October is a welcome month for the Westchase swimmers. The humidity is gone and the three o'clock thunderstorms are history too. Now we can really focus on practices rather than on what we will have to do during storm delays. In July, August and September we had over 30 practices disrupted by bad weather.

Our swimmers have been busy working hard and attending various local swim meets in Largo, St. Pete and Clearwater. We are looking forward to a warmer winter than what we experienced the last two years.    

As October comes to an end, so does the Little Flippers Group. It just starts to get too cold for the little ones as we roll into winter. Don't worry, however, as we will start this program up again next May.

Our high school swimmers are busy getting ready for their run into their conference meets, followed by Districts, followed by Regions and then the Florida High School State Meets. We wish all the Westchase high school swimmers good luck!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Turns to Fall Programs

With school in full swing, our full schedule of fall programs will help keep the family busy and healthy.

We had a fantastic summer at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The kids had a great time with the summer camps. They enjoyed tennis, swimming, games, sports, arts and crafts plus several field trips throughout each week.

Our swim team program is going strong and if your children are interested in joining the team, please contact the office to set up a swim test with Aquatic Director Kelley Allen.

Tennis programs for adults and children are also available if you have an interest in joining our programs or taking private lessons. Additional information about our programming can be found at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

The summer is busy for a swim coach, with 10 hours of coaching on deck everyday and long swim meets almost every weekend. There are no days off for months!

Now that school has started, I can catch my breath, catch up on office work and maybe catch some fish or some surf.

As the summer ends and the Westchase swim team grows older, we have more and more swimmers entering high school. This year we have swimmers attending Alonso, Robinson, Jesuit, Berkeley, Plant, Mitchell and Tampa Catholic. I want to wish all these kids good luck in the upcoming high school swim season!

We had a very good summer here at Westchase. Our team membership was up and the kids swam fast! We had 11 swimmers qualify for Junior Olympics (now called FLAGS). We even had one state champion from Westchase: Austin Seller won the 13-14 Boys 200 Breaststroke. We placed Westchase swimmer Paige Carter on the Florida Swimming Zone All Star team and Jocelyn Williams and Kyle Kimura attended the Senior Champs in Fort Pierce. At the last summer meet in late July, we even had several Area 3 Champs.

The Little Flippers group was well attended this summer but will be ending soon as the weather cools down in late October.

I’m looking forward to a great autumn swim season!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

Our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com is go,ing to an online payment system for all of the Westchase programs! Simply log on and register for a password. There you will also be able to register for our player-search program for tennis enthusiasts. There will be a short questionnaire to fill out and this will help other players find you and vice-versa.

Westchase’s newly redesigned junior tennis program has four new clinics per week for the 5-7-years-olds and has extended the 8-12-year-old program to 4-5:30 p.m. The breakdown is:

5-7-years-old (red ball): 3:30-4:30 p.m. and  4:30-5:30 p.m.
8-12-years-old (orange ball): 4-5:30 p.m.
Middle and high schoolers (yellow ball): 5:30-7 p.m.

Because of the amount of clinics offered, we do have a minimum and maximum number of participants in each clinic. Please see the Web site for details.

We also have our popular Free Fridays once per session, supervised match play, tournaments, camps, family tennis fiestas and junior league tennis.

We are kicking off the season with a new adult tennis program, The Adult Tennis Buffet. The program features a daytime and evening version of three types of clinics. Tuesdays clinics, called Between the Lines, are all about technique. Monday’s tactical-based clinic, called All Court Tennis, helps with singles and doubles play. Wednesday and Saturday mornings’ clinics, called Run n’ Gun,  represent our version of cardio-tennis. This clinic is a lot more fun than running on a treadmill.

Players sign up for a designated number of hours for the four-week session and choose those clinics they would like to attend. Put yourself on a schedule or mix and match your clinics to meet your needs. Come on out and sample Brett’s Tennis Buffet!

By joining the adult or junior programs you will be considered a preferred player and will have access to other discounts during the session as well as a discount on each session thereafter.

By Mike Larscheid, Youth Tennis Director

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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